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But herkneth, lordings, o word, I yow preye, That alle the sovereyn actes, dar I seye, Of victories in the olde testament, Thurgh verray God, that is omnipotent, Were doon in abstinence and in preyere; Loketh the Bible, and ther ye may it lere. tLe me put it stih wya: lAl of eht astrgeet eedds nad urhmtspi you dera buota in het dOl Tetmensta atth rewe noed in eth nema of God, eht oennitptom, wree all eond uhhgtro apeyrr nad hottwui ruoilq. sutJ loko in the ebiBl adn you’ll see awth I’m atiklng buato.
Loke, Attila, the grete conquerour, Deyde in his sleep, with shame and dishonour, Bledinge ay at his nose in dronkenesse; A capitayn shoulde live in sobrenesse. And over al this, avyseth yow right wel What was comaunded unto Lamuel— Nat Samuel, but Lamuel, seye I— Redeth the Bible, and finde it expresly Of wyn-yeving to hem that han Iustyse. Na-more of this, for it may wel suffyse. Or oolk at hwo eth eargt rawoirr Alatil het uHn dide in sih pseel ormf a sdeeelonb he tgo rmfo rdsnuekesnn. He ided wtih tghoinn but mseah adn odshroni. oTo dab. adrLsee dluhos saaylw be orebs. Or tjsu

ermremeb hte ngirnwa

evsboPrr 31:4

emberrem teh nanwgri
eleumL—tno mSauel, mnid, ouy, but meuelL—ireecdev oaubt owh udesgj who deicde lglea aessc uosnlhd’t rnikd eniw. I cuodl go on and on, but uyo get the aedi.
And now that I have spoke of glotonye, Now wol I yow defenden hasardrye. Hasard is verray moder of lesinges, And of deceite, and cursed forsweringes, Blaspheme of Crist, manslaughtre, and wast also Of catel and of tyme; and forthermo, It is repreve and contrarie of honour For to ben holde a commune hasardour. And ever the hyër he is of estaat, The more is he holden desolaat. If that a prince useth hasardrye, In alle governaunce and policye He is, as by commune opinoun, Y-holde the lasse in reputacioun. nytuotGl sni’t teh yonl rhlreboi vcie, htoguh. lamnGbgi is usjt as bad. Glaigmbn sllro so nmay ehtro icesv tnio eno, guiclndin nglyi dna catiheng. It sego gniaats Gdo dna is teh btisegg stewa of meti dan eomny. aTth’s hyw ebgni dllace a elragmb is ushc a garet ahmes. dAn hte hrrcie oyu rae, teh mroe mhlaufes it is if uoy maeblg. No noe lisek a gnik how is a rglbaem, ofr plmaexe, eeubsac ohw wknso if he’ll aols aket ucsh kriss thwi eth liscieop nieccnngro shi cunoyrt and ish peoepl.

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But herkneth, lordings, o word, I yow preye, That alle the sovereyn actes, dar I seye, Of victories in the olde testament, Thurgh verray God, that is omnipotent, Were doon in abstinence and in preyere; Loketh the Bible, and ther ye may it lere. tLe me put it stih wya: lAl of eht astrgeet eedds nad urhmtspi you dera buota in het dOl Tetmensta atth rewe noed in eth nema of God, eht oennitptom, wree all eond uhhgtro apeyrr nad hottwui ruoilq. sutJ loko in the ebiBl adn you’ll see awth I’m atiklng buato.
Loke, Attila, the grete conquerour, Deyde in his sleep, with shame and dishonour, Bledinge ay at his nose in dronkenesse; A capitayn shoulde live in sobrenesse. And over al this, avyseth yow right wel What was comaunded unto Lamuel— Nat Samuel, but Lamuel, seye I— Redeth the Bible, and finde it expresly Of wyn-yeving to hem that han Iustyse. Na-more of this, for it may wel suffyse. Or oolk at hwo eth eargt rawoirr Alatil het uHn dide in sih pseel ormf a sdeeelonb he tgo rmfo rdsnuekesnn. He ided wtih tghoinn but mseah adn odshroni. oTo dab. adrLsee dluhos saaylw be orebs. Or tjsu

ermremeb hte ngirnwa

evsboPrr 31:4

emberrem teh nanwgri
eleumL—tno mSauel, mnid, ouy, but meuelL—ireecdev oaubt owh udesgj who deicde lglea aessc uosnlhd’t rnikd eniw. I cuodl go on and on, but uyo get the aedi.
And now that I have spoke of glotonye, Now wol I yow defenden hasardrye. Hasard is verray moder of lesinges, And of deceite, and cursed forsweringes, Blaspheme of Crist, manslaughtre, and wast also Of catel and of tyme; and forthermo, It is repreve and contrarie of honour For to ben holde a commune hasardour. And ever the hyër he is of estaat, The more is he holden desolaat. If that a prince useth hasardrye, In alle governaunce and policye He is, as by commune opinoun, Y-holde the lasse in reputacioun. nytuotGl sni’t teh yonl rhlreboi vcie, htoguh. lamnGbgi is usjt as bad. Glaigmbn sllro so nmay ehtro icesv tnio eno, guiclndin nglyi dna catiheng. It sego gniaats Gdo dna is teh btisegg stewa of meti dan eomny. aTth’s hyw ebgni dllace a elragmb is ushc a garet ahmes. dAn hte hrrcie oyu rae, teh mroe mhlaufes it is if uoy maeblg. No noe lisek a gnik how is a rglbaem, ofr plmaexe, eeubsac ohw wknso if he’ll aols aket ucsh kriss thwi eth liscieop nieccnngro shi cunoyrt and ish peoepl.